NIA Women Scientists Advisors (WSA)
NIA WSA Postdoctoral Members
- Luisa Baca, M.D.
Past WSA Members
|1993-1995||Michele Evans, M.D.|
|1993-1995||Nikki Holbrook, Ph.D.|
|1993-1995||Cheryl Grady, Ph.D.|
|2005-2009||Francesca Bosetti, Ph.D.|
|2005-2010||Cathy Wolkow, Ph.D.|
|2010-Present||Lori Beason-Held, Ph.D.|
|2011-2013||Yie Liu, Ph.D.|
|2012-2018||Henriette van Praag, Ph.D.|
|2018-2020||Isabel Beerman, Ph.D.|
|2019-Present||Nicole Noren Hooten, Ph.D.|
|2020-Present||Payel Sen, Ph.D.|
|2014||Jess Curtis, Ph.D.|
|2015||Sylvie Raver, Ph.D.|
|2015-2016||Anna McCarrey, Ph.D.|
|2015-2016||Chinmoyee Maharana, Ph.D.|
|2015-2016||Sarah Mitchell, Ph.D.|
|2015-2018||Yuyoung Joo, Ph.D.|
|2015-2016||Min Ju Kang, Ph.D.|
|2017-2020||Becca McPerson, Ph.D.|
|2018-2019||Cristina Banuelos, Ph.D.|
|2018-2021||Marta Woloszynoska-Fraser, Ph.D.|
|2019-2021||Sharmin Hossain, Ph.D.|
|2020-present||Perla Moreno Castilla, Ph.D.|
|2022-present||Jamila Asgar, Ph.D.|
|2022-present||Luisa Baca, M.D.|
History of the Women Scientists Advisors
In 1991 as a director of NIH, Dr. Bernadine Healy established a Task Force to examine the status of intramural women scientists.
In November 1992, the Task Force issued a final report recommending that each IC have a Woman Scientist Advisor (WSA). In 1993, the NIH WSA Committee was formed with representatives from each IC. Click here to learn more about the WSA.
Mission of the Women Scientists Advisors
The mission of the NIA Women Scientists Advisors (WSA) is to foster achievement and support career development of women scientists, and to promote an equitable and diverse scientific community.
NIA & NIDA WSA Events
In collaboration with the WSA of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), we host a variety of events each year.
- We host an annual Winter Tea to promote communication between women scientists from different laboratories and institutes.
- We give annual Achievement and Travel Awards for Excellence in Scientific Research which are presented to outstanding postdocs, staff scientists and investigators.
- We sponsor a ‘Successful Women in Science’ discussion series centered around career trajectories in science.
- We host a ‘Women in Science’ Seminar Series where exemplary postdocs and staff scientists are invited to share their research with the institutes.
- We sponsor an annual panel discussion about careers in science from a woman’s perspective.
- We invite successful women from the local community to talk about their careers. Past guests have included Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Public Library; Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum; Dr. Lena Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Dr. Cathy Deangelis, Editor-in-Chief Emerita of JAMA; Dr. Ellen Stofen, Director of Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum; and Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County Police Chief.
Research Award Winners
Lenore Launer, Deborah Croteau, Robin Minor
Suhasini Avvaru, Myriam Gorospe, Eleanor Simonsick
Nicole Noren Hooten, Yael Yaniv
Julie Mattison, Sarah Mitchell, Tamara Harris
Simonetta Camandola, Jennifer Illuzzi
Monica Bodogai, Michele Evans, Anna McCarrey
Qu (Teresa) Tian, Olga Fedorova
Yazhou Li, Myong-Hee (Mia) Sung, Jie Ding
Sara Bandres Ciga, Nicole Armstrong, May Baydoun
Top row: Lori Beason-Held, Marina Weiler, Isabel Beerman
Bottom row: Achouak Achour, Mayuri Tanaka
Top row: Payel Sen, Dushani Palliyaguru, Roshni Roy
Bottom row: Allison Herman, Martina Rossi
Top row: Jennifer Martindale, Natalie Landeck, Ruth Chia
Bottom row: Sara Saez-Atienzar, Eleonora Duregon
Special Issue in Ageing Research Reviews featuring Women in Aging Research
Edited by Robert Brosh, Jr., Nicole Noren Hooten of the NIA IRP.
NIH WSA Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series honoring, Distinguished Women Scientists at NIH: https://sigs.nih.gov/wsa/anita-roberts-lecture-series
International Women’s Day https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
NIH WSA: https://sigs.nih.gov/wsa
NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: https://www.edi.nih.gov/
NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office: https://diversity.nih.gov/
NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers: https://orwh.od.nih.gov/career-development-education/nih-working-group-women-biomedical-careers
NIH Childcare Resources:
Resource referral service: 1-800-777-1720
Webinar on referral service: Child Care
Child and Family Programs: https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Pages/index.aspx
- This site has a section with programs and services organized according to employment status (federal employee, trainee, contractor, etc.)
- Lists options for services and programs according to employment status
NIH Child and Family Program: (301)-827-3250
Ms. Linda Owen, Program Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Back-up Care Program:
Childcare Subsidy Program:
- There are currently no NIH childcare centers available in the Baltimore area
Lunch and Learn Webinars:
Caregiver Support: (301) 496-3164